Tangent, Scanner Pro, Sleep Cycle

updated 11:45 am EST, Mon December 30, 2013 | Posted in iPhone Apps

Tangent 1.4.1 ($2) - Tangent can be used to edit photos on an iOS device. The software provides users with various shapes, patterns, and filters, that can be combined to create unique effects. A bug that caused the app to crash when loading high resolution images has been resolved in this update. Another bug that prevented in-app purchased from behind properly recorded has also been fixed. [Download - 45.9MB]

Scanner Pro 5.1.4 ($3) - Scanner Pro can be used to digitalize documents by using the built-in camera on iOS devices. After capturing an image of a document, the software begins to analyze the content and creates a digital copy. The v5.1.4 update includes several minor bug fixes and stability improvements. [Download - 29.8MB]

Sleep Cycle 4.4 ($2) - Sleep Cycle alarm clock analyzes a user's sleeping patterns and attempts to wake them up during the lightest sleep phase. Version 4.4 introduces support for the M7 co-processor in the latest iOS devices, allowing the app to automatically measure daily activist and calculate how it affects sleep quality. A heart rate monitor has also been integrated into the app, along with support for time zones and minor other changes. [Download - 25.3MB]

GoodNotes 4.0.1 ($5) - GoodNotes allows users to create and store handwritten notes on an iPad. Plain, ruled, graph, and music paper layouts are all included in the app, along with ten colored pens, five highlighters, an eraser, and lasso tool. The latest release includes various fixes and stability improvements. [Download - 33.6MB]

Knightmare Tower 1.3.3 ($3) - Knightmare Tower is an arcade game where players take on the role of a knight tasked with saving 10 princesses. As players progress through the game they can unlock numerous enhancements for their character such as new armor, swords and boots. A crash related to the Survival mode has been fixed with this update. [Download - 51MB]

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